Whether you crave a weekend full of leisure and relaxation, or one of excitement and outdoor recreation, there is a marvelous American city to accommodate almost any type of lifestyle during the holiday. “From sea to shining sea,” and plenty of places in between, here are unforgettable places to go during the holiday weekend.


Travel To These 5 Great U.S. Destinations For Memorial Day Weekend


1. Springdale, Utah

Enjoy being encompassed by nature at Zion National Park, a branch of the U.S. National Park Service. Zion National Park has longer hours with additional staff during Memorial Day weekend. The park features an abundance of hiking trails, hands-on activities for children aspiring to become junior rangers, and river trips with kayaks and other watercraft. If a getaway from city life is what you aim for during the holiday, Zion National Park’s vast land and copious outdoor activities makes it a grand destination.

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2. Las Vegas, Nevada

For those who thrive in a vibrant party setting, Las Vegas is one of the country’s most prominent nightlife capitals. During the extended holiday weekend, several dance clubs in the city host special events featuring celebrity DJs. Follow up a night of partying with extravagant hotel buffets or a local eatery situated off of the Las Vegas Strip. As for family-friendly events, Cirque du Soleil performances and magic shows are highlights of the sleepless city.

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3. Charleston, South Carolina

Few places in the country offer southern hospitality quite like Charleston. Moreover, the city has roots in the American Revolution and Civil War, and honors its history with significant monuments and educational centers such as the Charleston Museum, one of the oldest museums in the U.S.; Gibbes Museum of Art; and Avery Research Center for African American History and Culture. Charleston hosts its annual Spoleto Festival that begins on Memorial Day weekend and lasts through to early June. The dynamic fair celebrates the performing arts with live music and shows at theaters and outdoor venues.

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4. Napa Valley, California

With its pleasant Mediterranean climate and unforgettable scenery of expansive vineyards and greenery, Napa Valley provides a refreshing, laid-back weekend escape. Embark on a tasting tour, enroll in a cooking class, or dine at a phenomenal local eatery. This Californian wine region isn’t world-renowned for no reason. Accordingly, Napa Valley also boasts picturesque landscapes ideal for memorable snapshots of your vacation.

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5. Washington, D.C.

To commemorate servicemen and women in a patriotic way, head over to the nation’s capital for impressive Memorial Day events. Washington, D.C. is home to numerous war memorials that honor the brave veterans who fought in World War II, the Vietnam War, and Korean War. Visit the memorials and pay respects with a red poppy or American flag. Additionally, each year, Washington, D.C. hosts its National Memorial Day Parade, a free event with a military march, decorated floats, and marching bands. At the U.S. Capitol, there is the National Memorial Day Concert featuring live music. Likewise, the Kennedy Center holds the National Memorial Day Choral Festival.

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This article was written by Justina Tran.